This pork-centric take on the classic Jamaican beef hand pie uses frozen empanada pastry as a non-traditional (but convenient) shortcut.

June 2014


Credit: © Ian Knauer

Recipe Summary

30 mins
50 mins
Makes 10 patties


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Instructions Checklist
  • In a large heavy skillet, heat the oil over medium high heat until hot, then stir in the onion, scallions, garlic, ginger, Scotch bonnet, 1 teaspoon salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 6 minutes. Stir in the pork and cook, breaking up lumps with a spatula, until golden and cooked through, about 8 minutes. Stir in the thyme, allspice and curry powder and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.

  • Beat together the egg, water and turmeric with a pinch of salt. Place about 1/4 cup filling in the center of each empanada disk, then brush the edge with some of the egg wash. Fold the pastry over the filling to form a half moon, then crimp the edges with a fork. Transfer the patties to a parchment-lined baking sheet and brush each with some of the remaining egg wash.

  • Bake the patties until golden and slightly puffed, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool slightly, then serve.